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Clare Ryan
ESRM 470
Seattle Campus

Natural Resource Policy and Planning

Introduction to and analysis of environmental policy-making processes, with a focus on forest and land policy and law. Use of policy models to examine the interaction of agencies, interest groups, Congress, and the courts in the legislative process. Policy implementation, evaluation, and change are also addressed. Offered: W.

Class description

This 5 credit course provides an introduction to natural resource policy and planning with an emphasis on understanding the policy formation process and the legislation and regulations that influence the development of policies and plans. Discussion will focus on the interaction of agencies, interest groups, Congress and the courts in the development of policies and plans. Selected natural resource policy and planning case studies will be presented that focus on endangered species management, conservation plans, state and federal forest land management, growth management, land trades and recreation planning and management issues. Concepts of spatial and temporal scale are illustrated in examples. One all-day (8-5) Saturday field trip required.

Student learning goals

To understand the role of policy and planning in natural resource management.

To understand several broad aspects of policy and planning theory.

To understand the policy and planning formation process.

To identify the primary considerations for evaluating natural resource policies and plans.

To analyze issues from multiple theoretical perspectives and positions.

To differentiate among the various types and levels of natural resource policies and plans.

General method of instruction

Tuesday class sessions devoted to lecture and discussion by instructors. Thursday class sessions devoted to presentations by teams on issues. Friday class session devoted to group work on issue analysis.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

In addition to weekly reading and participating in class discussions and written exercises, you are responsible for completing the final exam and producing six weekly case study/issue analysis assignments. Six assignments will be the product of teamwork; the final exam will be an individual effort. The exam will test your knowledge of and ability to apply information presented during class and the readings to particular natural resource issues and situations. Additional guidance for each of the assignments will be provided in advance of their due date. Friday class sessions are devoted exclusively to team project work.

Final grades for ESRM 470 will be based on the following factors:

Assignment Percent of Grade Six Case Study/Issue Analysis Papers Final Exam (Take Home) Class Participation (Self, Peer and Instructor Eval.)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Clare Ryan
Date: 04/24/2007